The holiday season is not just about twinkling lights and festive decor; it’s also an opportune time to celebrate the strength, resilience, and inspiration that women bring to our screens and pages. This year, let’s embark on a cinematic and literary journey that spotlights incredible female characters, reminding us of the power of women’s stories. Here’s a carefully curated list of holiday movies and books that promise to add a touch of empowerment to your festivities.

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Holiday Movies That Warm The Heart

"Little Women" (2019)

“Little Women” (2019)

Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel is a must-watch. The film beautifully portrays the journey of the March sisters as they navigate love, ambition, and sisterhood against the backdrop of the Civil War.

The movie adaptation is a triumph, capturing the essence of Alcott’s narrative with a modern flair. The performances are exceptional. Gerwig skillfully weaves timelines, offering a fresh perspective on sisterhood, love, and the pursuit of one’s dreams.

"The Holiday" (2006)

“The Holiday” (2006)

This heartwarming tale takes us on a journey of self-discovery as two women, played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, swap homes for the holidays. Love blossoms in unexpected places, showcasing the strength found in newfound connections.

Nancy Meyers’ ‘The Holiday’ is a delightful romantic comedy that transcends the genre. The chemistry between Diaz and Winslet is palpable, and the film’s message about embracing change and finding love when you least expect it is both heartwarming and empowering.

"Frozen" (2013)

“Frozen” (2013)

Join Elsa and Anna in the magical kingdom of Arendelle for an enchanting adventure filled with love, sisterhood, and the empowering message that true strength comes from within.

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is a modern classic that goes beyond the typical fairy tale. The animation is stunning, the music is unforgettable, and Elsa’s journey of self-discovery resonates with audiences of all ages. A celebration of sisterhood and embracing one’s unique strengths.

"Joy" (2015)

“Joy” (2015)

Based on the life of entrepreneur Joy Mangano, this film illustrates the incredible determination of a woman who rises to become the matriarch of a powerful family business empire.

David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ is a tour de force anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s brilliant portrayal of Joy Mangano. The film is a powerful exploration of entrepreneurship, resilience, and the triumph of the human spirit. A captivating and empowering cinematic experience.

"The Princess Switch" (2018)

“The Princess Switch” (2018)

Vanessa Hudgens stars in this delightful holiday film where a chance encounter leads to a charming switcheroo between two look-alike women, highlighting the magic of the season.

‘The Princess Switch’ is a feel-good holiday movie with a charming twist. Hudgens effortlessly carries the film with her dual roles, and the whimsical plot adds a delightful touch to the classic holiday romance genre. A fun and heartwarming watch.

Holiday Books That Illuminate

"Becoming" by Michelle Obama

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

In her memoir, the former First Lady shares her inspiring journey from childhood to the White House, demonstrating resilience, grace, and the power of one’s own narrative.

‘Becoming’ is a literary gem that transcends the political memoir. Obama’s storytelling is both intimate and powerful, offering readers a rare glimpse into her life. A beautifully written narrative of strength, growth, and the pursuit of one’s true self.

"The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey

“The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey

This enchanting novel weaves a magical tale of a childless couple’s encounter with a mysterious girl in the Alaskan wilderness, blending the harshness of reality with the beauty of fantasy.

Eowyn Ivey’s ‘The Snow Child’ is a mesmerizing blend of folklore and reality. The Alaskan setting is vividly portrayed, and the story’s emotional depth is matched only by Ivey’s lyrical prose. A captivating and poignant exploration of love, loss, and the magic found in unexpected places.

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

Rediscover the classic tale with a focus on the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, guiding Scrooge through a transformative journey of self-discovery and compassion.

Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ remains a timeless masterpiece. The story’s enduring appeal lies in its ability to touch the human heart with themes of redemption, compassion, and the spirit of giving. Dickens’ vivid characters and poignant narrative make this a must-read during the holiday season.

"My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories"

“My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories”

Edited by Stephanie Perkins, this collection of short stories by popular authors captures the essence of the season in unique and diverse ways, each story celebrating the magic of the holidays.

‘My True Love Gave to Me’ is a delightful holiday treat for readers of all ages. The collection brings together an array of talented authors, each contributing a unique and heartwarming story. A perfect read for the festive season, offering a literary feast with a holiday twist.

"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith

“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith

Follow the adventures of Precious Ramotswe in Botswana as she tackles mysteries with wisdom, humor, and an unwavering commitment to justice, proving that strength comes in many forms.

Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ is a delightful exploration of Botswana’s culture and the indomitable spirit of its protagonist. The series combines mystery with heartwarming characters, offering readers a refreshing and empowering literary experience.

This holiday season, let’s not only revel in the festive cheer but also take a moment to appreciate the narratives that celebrate the spirit of womanhood. Share your favorite women-centric holiday movies or books with us, and let’s create a collective celebration of empowerment and joy. After all, ’tis the season to unwrap inspiration and share the gift of empowering stories.

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